Monday, January 16, 2012

Guest Blog: Untraceable by S.R. Johannes

UFI welcomes S.R. Johannes Author of Untraceable. Thanks for Joining us!!

Teenage Garage Sale

Okay I have not thought about this in years. First of all, I’m old so I’m totally giving up my age here. (boo hiss) Here are some things from my childhood including my teen years that stick out to me.

1. The first thing would be my huge Barbie Collection. How boring is that? Didn’t every girl have a set? I had Sunset Malibu Barbie, PJ, Skipper and – of course -Ken. Along with Barbie’s Pink camper and Ken’s blue corvette. I also had the Barbie and PJ Sleep case complete with pajamas.

2. My Girl Scout Uniform and sash with tons of badges. I was a huge Girl Scout. Started in Brownies and was in it until middle school. Then it wasn’t cool anymore but I still have my sash and horrid green uniform with the tassels on the socks. I loved everything outdoors and hated anything Home Ec related.

3. My Princess Leia collection. My brother was a huge Star Wars fan. So of course I leaned toward Princess Leia. And yes I used to wear my hair in braided buns on my ears. I still get that warm feeling when I eat CinnaBons.

4. My bright yellow Banana Boat bike. Complete with handle tassels and wicker basket. Man, I loved that bike. That bike was to me what The General Lee was to the Dukes of Hazard.

5. My Cabbage Patch doll. Only my parents would not buy me the real one so my mom had one made. I was upset at the time but still have it. I still get sad feelings when I walk down the cabbage patch aisle at Target. There are some wounds that will never heal.

6. The cassette tapes my boyfriends made me. Yes we did not have CDs then (sigh told you I was old ) my boyfriends used to make them for me. They would include Aha, Bon Jovi, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, and Journey.

7. My hair spray and mousse. I had big hair and loved it. - Unfortunately I bought into this even though my hair was (and still is) naturally curly. If I had my yesteryear hair today, I'm pretty sure I'd be stopped by Homeland Security for harboring a possible weapon

8. My jelly bracelets and swatch watches - O-Rings (Jelly Bracelets) - the pretty colored neon plastic bracelets. I say, the more the better. Imagine one arm filled with Jelly bracelets and the other covered in Swatch Watches (so why was I always late for school)

9. My Atari complete with Pac Man and Super Mario Brothers box set. Okay fine, cassette set but you get the point. Don’t know what it is? Think of the Xbox’s great, great grandmother. Not to brag or anything, but I flipped Pac Man like a zillion times.

10. My high school varsity cheerleading outfits. Go Raiders! Yes I was a spirit leader with tons of cheer. Only I was always on the bottom of a pyramid. Which gave me a “stocky” complex after awhile. But now, I can do a mean herky. It was the only way to get off the bottom and into the spotlight.

11. My beloved car. A red Toyota Celica. Hatchback. I ran that car into the ground. My dad actually sold his Z to get it for me When I finally got a real job out of college, it had almost 200,000 miles, no radio, no air, and I had to pour in a quart of oil every morning.

S.R. Johannes lives in Atlanta Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world. After earning an MBA and working in corporate america, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. You can find her hanging out online and visit her at
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16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival.

When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father.

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.